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All concept art courses

Fast-track your career with personalized concept art courses and industry mentorship.

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Overview

Bring your visual storytelling to life and become a concept artist!

At CG Spectrum, you will be job-ready in just 18 months with mentorship from industry experts. Whether you want to freelance as an independent artist, or work at a major film or game studio, you'll learn job skills, master complex techniques and learn to communicate through art, creating compelling work that captivates and inspires.

Why study concept art at CG Spectrum:

  • Progress faster with mentorship from professional concept artists
  • Create a polished portfolio that stands out
  • Receive career support and guidance
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes (max. 4)
  • Study online from wherever you are

CG Spectrum's online concept art courses offer a complete study pathway to get you industry-ready. Receive the highest quality education and learn the latest techniques used by major studios.

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Courses

Concept art courses that get you career-ready

Expand your digital painting skill set, learn best practices and professional lighting techniques. These courses are designed to give you the necessary skill set to prepare you for your concept art career.

Short concept art courses

Dive into the world of concept art and illustration! Choose this course if you want to pick up a new hobby and experiment with Photoshop to create your own original art.

Course structure

Pathway 1

Dive right into the full study pathway and be industry ready in 18 months.

Pathway illustration for Digital Painting (Full pathway)

Pathway 2

Not quite ready to commit? Start with the intro course and graduate with the option to continue to term 2 of the foundations course.

Pathway illustration for Digital Painting (Part pathway)

Delivery

Online classes, feedback and support

Software

Photoshop, ZBrush Core, Blender

Classes

1-on-1 or small group classes (4 students)

Community

Lifetime access to online community of mentors, alumni and students

Mentors

Learn directly from experienced professional artists

Get expert feedback and support from your industry mentor in a live Q&A call each week. All CGS mentors are established artists with years of experience creating art for films and games at top studios.

Student Showcase

Explore student work and see what you can learn at CG Spectrum

Our students create amazing quality work that speaks for itself. We provide you with the tools and resources to help you build a portfolio that gets noticed.

Studios who hire our graduates
Graduate success

80% employment success rate

We're proud to say that the majority of our advanced graduates are now working in the highly competitive film and games industry.

Our courses and in-house career services are created to give you the essential skills to be job-ready after graduation. Still wondering if CG Spectrum is right for you? Chat with our student ambassadors.

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Benefits

Why study at CG Spectrum

Get a more hands-on education with mentorship from top film and game experts, an industry-approved curriculum and a thriving creative community cheering you on.

By giving you access to the most talented artists in the industry, we help you to become well connected, trained and prepared for life beyond school.

What you get when studying at CG Spectrum:

  • Get job-ready in half the time of an average degree program
  • Personalized job-focused curriculum and training
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max. 4 students)
  • Live call with your mentor each week + recorded video critiques
  • Flexible schedules & 100% online, study from anywhere!

Progress faster with expert feedback from mentors and join an inspiring and supportive community of industry experts and peers.

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About us

The CG Spectrum difference

Our mission is to make sure our students are best prepared for a successful career when they graduate.

We strive to provide affordable, high quality and personalized education and believe in the power of learning first-hand from industry experts who already established a fantastic career.

What makes CG Spectrum unique:

  • Career services to accelerate your journey
  • Quality education at a fraction of the time and cost of university
  • Software licenses included, no additional costs
  • Direct access to industry mentors with years of film & game experience
  • Supportive and active community of peers, alumni & mentors

As an online school with students and mentors in 90+ countries, we're proud to bring the industry to you – wherever you are in the world!

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Frequently asked questions

Concept art FAQs

What does a concept artist do in a day?

Concept artists develop the initial visual concepts (characters, props, vehicles, environments) from a script or creative brief. They set the tone and style of the work, giving life to an abstract idea. Their day can vary depending on the project.

Some general tasks that a concept artist might do in a day include:

  • Brainstorming ideas for the project with the team
  • Researching reference material
  • Sketching out ideas
  • Refining sketches into final concept art
  • Presenting the concept art to the team/client for feedback

A concept artist might also spend some time working on personal projects to improve their skills. This could involve practicing new techniques or trying out different styles. By continuously developing their skills, a concept artist can ensure that they're always able to create the best possible art for their projects and clients.

Are concept artists in demand?

Highly skilled concept artists are in demand due to the ever-growing gaming and movie industry. These industries are always looking for talented individuals to work on a variety of projects. However, concept artist roles are extremely competitive (just head to ArtStation to see the standard of work top concept artists are producing!). So if you want to make it as a concept artist, you have to be prepared to put in the work!

What do I need to do to become a concept artist?

To become a concept artist, you first need to develop your skills and expand your portfolio. This can be done by taking a course, studying the work of other artists, and practicing as much as possible.

Next, you'll need to network and build relationships with people in the industry so you can learn about new projects, show off your skills, and get your foot in the door.

Finally, you need to be patient and persistent. It takes time and hard work to succeed in any field, but if you're passionate about art and willing to put in the effort, then a career in concept art could be right for you. 

What are the different types of concept art jobs?

Besides becoming a Concept Artist, an artist with additional illustration skills could explore careers as a Digital Illustrator, Comic Illustrator, Game Illustrator, Book Illustrator, Keyframe Illustrator, Character Designer, Environment Designer, or Asset Designer. Explore all digital painting jobs

Do I have to be good at drawing to be a concept artist?

You need to be able to draw well enough to communicate your ideas visually to your clients or colleagues. Concept artists require a strong foundation in the basics of art and design, as well as composition, color theory, and lighting. 

Concept artists typically use various mediums to create their work, including traditional media like pencils and paints, as well as digital painting programs like Adobe Photoshop and 3D modeling software such as Blender or ZBrush. 

Do I need a drawing tablet to be a concept artist?

No, you don't need a drawing tablet to be a concept artist, but it will make your life easier. A drawing tablet gives you the ability to create digital art for film and games more efficiently. Most clients will expect to receive digital files, and it is faster to save different versions and make changes based on client feedback.

While you can find some cheaper alternatives, we recommend investing in a quality tablet that will last you a long time and provide a great experience.